2019 TIFF Movie Review: BLOOD QUANTUM (Canada 2019)

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The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague.


Jeff Barnaby


Jeff Barnaby

The term BLOOD QUANTUM comes from a blood measurement system that is used to determine an individual’s indigenous status.  It is always someone or other against the indigenous people.  This time around in Jeff Barnaby’s BLOOD QUANTUM, it is the plague, particularly the white man who have contacted the plague who are invading the Indian Reservation. 

  Director Barnaby attempts some cultural and social critique.  Should the Indians offer refuge to the white men who have stolen their lands?  But the film deteriorates into the typical zombie movie (full of cliches) with limbs flying, bodies gutted with blood flowing everywhere. 

 The males get to fight the zombies with swords and assorted weaponry while the women stand around, scream or deliver babies.  I expected more from the Indigenous zombie more that was chosen to open TIFF’s Midnight Madness Program, but no such luck.


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